Everyone knows that trash can be recycled into useful household items. But did you know that birds are also catching on to this? According to Science magazine, a bird known as the black kite, which thrives throughout Europe and Asia, has taken to furnishing its nests with human litter. In a recent study in Spain, researchers cataloged the decorations adorning some 127 nests and discovered the fittest of the flock tended to adorn their homes with roadside trash. Interestingly, the study also found that the birds were picky about what trash was suitable for their home construction – usually choosing bright white plastic over wrappers that were either colorful or transparent. Time will tell if this feathery recycling craze takes wind and flies with other bird species.
February 24, 2011 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.